Have you ever been curious about Winter Solstice traditions? Winter solstice occurs when Earth’s axial tilts the farthest away from the sun, normally around December 21st, making it one of the shortest days of the year. People all around the world, for thousands of years, have been celebrating the rebirth of the sun. It’s been a powerful reminder of the old and the new. Many different religions and cultures celebrate this holiday in numerous different ways. While technically Winter Solstice is over, there’s no time like the present. Why not give one of these traditions a try? Below you will find a list of Awesome Winter Solstice Traditions You’ll Want to Know About.
Passing stories from generation to generation is one of the most important traditions human possess. During Winter Solstice, the eldest starts the story telling. Legends of myths and fairytales may be told along with memories of their own childhood Solstice celebrations. This tradition helps to unite the family and to pass down important family customs.
Gather your family together and make sure everyone has a bell to ring. Each person in the circle goes around sharing their favorite parts about Winter Solstice and what they wish for the world. Once this is completed your family can ring their bells in unison. The bells symbolize ringing out the old year and ringing in the new year.
Cook a Feast
Put together multiple dishes of some of your favorite foods. Make sure to say a prayer before you eat and give thanks for everything you have. A sun inspired cake or pie makes for the perfect Winter Solstice dessert. Adding birthday candles to your dessert allows you and your family to blow them out and wish for a blessed new year.
Show Love to Family and Friends
Get friends and family together to socialize, eat, drink and be merry. Exchange gifts and laughter with people you love. Don’t forget to call and to reach out to people who may live farther away. Show your appreciation and let them know how much you care.
Volunteer and Donate
Contributing to your community by donating food or clothing helps to bring in a peaceful new solar year. Volunteering or praying for the well being of the world helps to harmonize the passing of the darkness.